Houlihan Lokey Hires Berry As Managing Dir., Head of Cross-Border Consumer Coverage

Houlihan Lokey hired Elsa Berry as a managing director and head of cross-border consumer coverage. The firm also hired Louis Fabregas as a senior vice president and David Muson as a vice president, focusing on advising consumer products companies in the U.S. and internationally. All three previously worked for BNP Paribas.


Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank, today announced that Elsa Berry has joined the firm as a Managing Director and Head of Cross-Border Consumer Coverage, Louis Fabregas as a Senior Vice President, and David Muson as a Vice President, focusing on advising consumer products companies in the US and internationally.

All three join from the New York office of BNP Paribas, where Ms. Berry was a Managing Director and Head of Corporate Finance North America. At BNP Paribas, Ms. Berry and her team focused primarily on the branded consumer goods industry, including luxury products, personal care, direct selling, apparel, accessories, toys and household products. They will focus on the same industry verticals at Houlihan Lokey.

“The addition of Elsa, Lou and David to our existing team of William Hood and Mark Dufilho, rounds out broad coverage across most consumer products segments,” said Jay Novak, Managing Director and Head of Houlihan Lokey’s Consumer, Food & Retail Group. “In addition, their international expertise will prove invaluable as our Consumer Products business continues to develop globally.”

Houlihan Lokey is the No. 1 M&A advisor for all U.S. consumer, food & retail transactions, according to 2009 rankings by Thomson Reuters.

Ms. Berry brings 30 years of cross-border M&A experience. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Ms. Berry was the Founder of Vendome & Company, Inc, a cross-border Merger & Acquisitions boutique which she sold to BNP in 1989.

Ms. Berry and her team’s most notable transactions include the sale of Wild Turkey bourbon by Pernod Ricard to Gruppo Campari, the sale of Laboratoires Vendôme to Johnson & Johnson, and the sale by Vivendi Universal of its film, television and theme park businesses to General Electric Company’s NBC subsidiary. Born in New York, but raised in France, Ms. Berry holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Paris X (Nanterre) and an MBA from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (“HEC”) in Paris. In 2008, Ms Berry received from HEC the Woman of the Year Achievement Award, the “Prix Trajectoire au Feminin” and in 2009, Ms. Berry received from the President of France the distinguished award of the Knight in the Order of the Legion of Honor, the highest level of distinguished recognition in France.

“I am thrilled to be joining the dynamic and entrepreneurial team at Houlihan Lokey,” Ms. Berry said. “I look forward to contributing my experience and relationships to help grow Houlihan Lokey’s consumer business in the US and globally and to working with William, Mark, Jay and the rest of the team.”

Mr. Fabregas, a 15-year investment banking veteran, spent eight years at BNP Paribas, most recently as a Director in the Corporate Finance Group. Prior to that, he worked as a Vice President in the Global Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Citigroup / Salomon Smith Barney. He holds a BS in banking and finance from the University of Bridgeport and an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University.

Mr. Muson joined BNP Paribas in 2004, where he served as a Vice President in the Corporate Finance Group. Previously, Mr. Muson worked as a Senior Associate at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance and as a Consulting Manager at Arthur Andersen. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

About Houlihan Lokey
Houlihan Lokey is an international investment bank with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructuring, and valuation. The firm is ranked globally as the No. 1 restructuring advisor, the No. 1 M&A fairness opinion advisor over the past 10 years, and the No. 1 M&A advisor for U.S. transactions under $3 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. Houlihan Lokey has 14 offices and more than 800 employees in the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm serves more than 1,000 clients each year, ranging from closely held companies to Global 500 corporations.

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